Total Nerd Times Steven Moffat Showed His Romantic-But-Raunchy Side On Doctor Who  

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Doctor Who came onto the scene in 1963, wowing audiences of all ages thanks to its science fiction roots and humanist themes. It didn’t take long for the show to become a household name, becoming an integral part of British culture. Interest in the now cult-classic waned in the '80s, and the show was put into hiatus.

In 2005, the BBC relaunched the series and met great success, thanks to its devotion to its roots. One of its most celebrated writers, Steven Moffat, became head writer and showrunner in 2010. And though his run sometimes isn't quite as celebrated as some of his predecessors', his vision and excellent writing for the show certainly increased its popularity even further, especially outside of the United Kingdom. Most notably, Moffat has a way of infusing his episodes with both romantic and raunchy moments, pleasing all types of Doctor Who fans.

Now that Steven Moffat is making way for a new showrunner and a new Doctor, it’s time to look back at all of the definitive moments of Moffat's Doctor Who run, notably the most romantic and raunchy bits that may seem like a quick way for laughs, but ultimately ties into the show's central theme of what it means to be human and cultivate meaningful relationships.

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Raunchy: "It's Bigger On The Inside."

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50th Anniversary Special (2013): "Day of the Doctor"

This line is a running joke of the series. Any time someone looks at the outside of the TARDIS, the Doctor absent-mindedly explains that it is "bigger on the inside." Sometimes, this oft-delivered line is a bit more nuanced. In "Day of the Doctor," the 50th anniversary special of the show, they're not talking about the TARDIS' dimensional measurements. The Tenth Doctor (played by David Tennant) spent time in England in 1592 investigating a Zygon incursion, which led to him spending some time with England's queen at the time: Queen Elizabeth I (played by Joanna Page). It seems they spent a bit too much time together, and she fell in love.

And her response to him discussing a 'bigger' girth?

“The door isn’t. You nearly took my head off.”

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Romantic: "I Have Until The Rain Stops."

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Season 3, episode 10: "Blink"

"Blink" is one of the best episodes that Steven Moffat has ever written for Doctor Who, and arguably one of the best episodes of modern television. This moment is when Sally Sparrow (played by Carey Mulligan), the heroine of the episode, meets up for the second time with Billy Shipton (played by Michael Obiora & Louis Mahoney). The two met only a few minutes prior (in the year 2007) when Shipton asked Sparrow on a date. The malevolent Weeping Angels then sent him back to 1969, damning him to a life without Sparrow.

Fast forward to 2007, and he has grown old and is on his deathbed. Shipton tells Sparrow that he knows this is the day he dies, and he has until the rain stops. When she learns that it's his last day to live, she offers to stay with him to the end, making for one of the most heartbreaking moments in Doctor Who history.

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Raunchy: "Compensating?"

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50th Anniversary Special (2013): "Day of the Doctor"

There’s no getting around this one. It's a measuring contest between the two men. Who are also the same person... kind of. 

The Tenth Doctor and the Eleventh Doctor (played by Matt Smith) met during the 50th anniversary episode "Day of the Doctor." There, they worked together with the War Doctor (played by John Hurt) to save their home planet of Gallifrey from annihilation at the hands of the Daleks.

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Romantic: "Changing The Future. It’s Called Marriage."

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Season 7, episode 5: "Angels Take Manhattan"

This is easily one of Amy (Pond) Williams’s most memorable lines (played by Karen Gillan). It’s romantic, powerful, and deeply poignant. It encapsulates what it feels like to be married - that the stakes of the world depends on you and your partner working together.

When you both work together to tackle your problems, no matter how overwhelming the odds may be, nothing can get in your way.

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